Thursday, May 24, 2007

R.E.M. MTV Unplugged, 2001

Just over six years ago (21-May-2001) R.E.M. made their second appearance on MTV's long-running musical showcase, MTV Unplugged. Only the second band to ever be invited back (10,000 Maniacs being the other) R.E.M. performed a smattering of songs from their career to date.

I recently came across a torrent of this concert (which, admittedly I've never seen, since I don't have cable) and it is a fantastic sounding recording. The lineage is unknown, but it seems to have come from a soundboard. This is the full setlist— a full 17 songs versus the pared-down 10 song set that MTV offered originally.

01. "All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)"
02. "Electrolite"
03. "At My Most Beautiful"
04. "Sad Professor"
05. "Daysleeper"
06. "Beat a Drum"
07. "I'll Take the Rain"
08. "I've Been High"
09. "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)" (Buck/Mills/Stipe only)
10. "The One I Love" (Buck/Mills/Stipe only)
11. "Losing My Religion" (Buck/Mills/Stipe only)
12. "Country Feedback" (with snippets of Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" during the outro)
13. "Cuyahoga"
14. "Imitation of Life"
15. "Disappear"
16. "Find the River"
17. "The Great Beyond"


Dale said...

Great find! I'm really looking forward to giving this a good listen. I haven't seen them since they did a free show here a number of years back and a few times before that. They're just great live.

bigshoulders said...

I hope you've enjoyed it Dale! I wish they would do another tour... it's been too long since they've come around.


Beth said...

Oh, sweet; I may not have all of these tracks. And doesn't Stipe look COOL in that photo ...

Beth said...

psssssssssst: R.E.M. will probably be touring next year, after the album they're currently recording is released.

bigshoulders said...

best news I've heard all week, Beth!